Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION

NimchinskyHeadshotRabbi Dov Nimchinsky
Head of School

Rabbi Nimchinsky joined TASA for the 2016-2017 school year from Pittsburgh, PA where he served as Assistant Principal for grades K-8 at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that, Rabbi Nimchinsky was the Director of Curriculum & Instruction at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, where he also taught middle and high school Judaic Studies.

He has been awarded the Irving L. Samuels Outstanding Teacher Award for Judaic Studies, the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, as well as a grant from the AviChai Foundation to develop technological tools to assist in the teaching of Judaic Studies. Rabbi Nimchinsky has developed a strong national reputation among Jewish Day School educators as an excellent school leader.

Rabbi Nim (as he is affectionately called) holds a Masters Degree in education and has been teaching adults, children, and teens for over 28 years.

He and his wife Rivkey have been blessed with 9 wonderful children ranging in age from seven to twenty-six, to go along with two grandchildren. They and their children are very excited to join the TASA family.


Marrus_Y21Rabbi Yossi Marrus -(Administrator)
Dean of Students & Director of Judaic Studies
Middle School Chumash

Rabbi Yossi Marrus brings over two decades of educational, administrative, and rabbinic knowledge and experiences to our school.

Rabbi Marrus began teaching Judaic Studies at the Oholei Torah Day School in Brooklyn, NY and upon his arrival to San Antonio began teaching at the former JNA Day school. In 2009 Rabbi Marrus became the Judaic Studies Director and part of the administrative team at the former Eleanor Kolitz Academy. Since the founding of the Shmuel Bass Academy of San Antonio (TASA) in 2013, Rabbi Marrus has been part of the administrative team and tasked with establishing and directing the Judaic and Hebrew studies department.

Rabbi Marrus has been active in Jewish education in many positions including; director of Camp Gan Israel, Chai High instructor, founder and director of Torah Teens, C-Teen advisor, and has served on multiple national educational and youth education boards. He currently also serves in the capacity as the Associate Rabbi and Administrator of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning.

Rabbi Marrus received his BA of Religious Studies from the Rabbinical College of America and after studying abroad in Israel, received his Rabbinical Ordination from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch, as well as the Yeshivat Chabad of Safed, Israel. He and his wife Malkie have raised their six children in San Antonio, and have been dedicated to providing their children with a proper Jewish Day School education. Rabbi Marrus is passionate about imparting the rich and uniquely Jewish experience that TASA has to offer, and is committed to creating a feeling of Ahavat Yisrael and Derech Eretz throughout the halls of our school.

Rabbi Marrus has had remarkable success in connecting with many children, teens and young adults. In his own words “I am blessed to be a part of the lives of so many young Jews, and it gives me great Nachas and joy to watch them grow up into proud, engaged, and vibrant Jewish adults”.


Mrs. Jessica Diric –(Administrator)
Director of General Studies
3rd-4th Grade General Studies Teacher
(Texas Educator: Certified Classroom Teacher)

Jessica Diric began her teaching career in 2001. She has dedicated those years teaching grades pre-k up through third grade, in Killeen ISD, Harlandale ISD, and here at TASA. Jessica is a 2001 University of Montana-Western graduate, with her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she graduated with her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Her teaching certifications include General Studies Prek-8th, Special Education K-12, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Mrs. Diric, TASA’s Director of General Studies, is also a dedicated teacher at the school. She currently teaches multiple subjects in the 3rd and 4th grade classroom, as well as taking the lead on the new Blended Learning Lab in the middle school and working in closely with Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Schwab. As the Director of General Studies, Mrs. Diric looks forward to being an active liaison between the teaching staff, administration and the parents.

Aside from her love of teaching young children, she is a wife and mother of two daughters, Elena who is 16, and Amaia who is 5 and this year, a new Kindergarten student at TASA! Jessica spends her spare time with her family, gardening, running outdoors, and traveling.


Mrs. Samantha Price
Office & I.T. 
Administrator

Mrs. Samantha Price, a native of San Antonio, has been TASA’s Office Manager since September 2016. In 1999, she met her husband, David, while he was visiting the US. Mrs. Price studied Computer Science at both UTSA & UT @Austin, TX and in 2004, received her degree in Computer Network Systems Technology from Hallmark University in San Antonio, TX.

Soon after graduation, she moved with her husband in his native country of England. Mrs. Price worked first as a freelance marketing & advertising designer, then assistant facilities manager of a local charity with Cancer Research UK, and finally, assistant production manager & IT manager of the Root & Renewal Foundation (a not for profit organization based in Birmingham, UK) After twelve years in the UK, she returned to the USA.

Mrs. Price is a cancer survivor which has helped her to develop a balanced outlook on life. Her calm demeanor is especially helpful when addressing students who come to the office with bumps, bruises or other ailments.

Mrs. Price’s skills are based in information technology from custom building computers to web/art/photo/graphics design for use in marketing and advertising. Besides running the office, she is a musician and her main passion in life is singing and composing music; she most recently performed live at a Poets for Peace event.


GENERAL STUDIES

Mrs. Jessica Johnson
Kindergarten General Studies Teacher

(Texas Educator: Certified Classroom Teacher)

Jessica graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009 with her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a certified Texas teacher in Core Subjects from Pre-K to 6th as well as English as a Second Language.She has substituted from Pre-K up to 5th grade and was a part time teacher in a 5th and 6th grade special education room in Honolulu. She has taught Kindergarten for 3 years. Her first year was in Panama City, Florida and the other 2 in Ewa Beach, Hawaii with a brief time in 2nd grade as well with ESL experience.

She is also an Air Force wife with 2 young boys, Liam, age 5, and Asher, age 10. She was recently stationed in Hawaii for 3 1/2 years until moving to San Antonio. She enjoys crafting, reading, and running in her spare time.

She is very happy to be in San Antonio and excited to be teaching Kindergarten again this upcoming year!


Mrs. Sarah Endzweig
1st & 2nd Grade General Studies Teacher

(Texas Educator: Certified Classroom Teacher)

Mrs. Endzweig (Mrs. E) graduated from Touro College in Brooklyn, New York, with a degree in Psychology with a focus on Special Education. Her experience teaching 4th grade at Hebrew Academy of Margate gave her a lot of insight into teaching children with different types of learning styles. She was very involved in spelling bees and coached children who competed in regional spelling competitions. She is always looking for fun educational contests for kids to enter to challenge themselves.


Mrs. Krystal Schwab
Middle School Blended Learning Labs Instructor
(Texas Educator: Certified Classroom Teacher)

Mrs. Krystal Schwab graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December of 2017 with her degree in Early Chilldhood-6th grade education. She has substituted in a variety of different grade levels in Comal ISD until February of 2018 where her career started with San Antonio ISD in a 3rd grade classroom. She has a passion for animal conservation and music and hope to inspire students the same way teachers have inspired her. She is very excited to be part of the TASA family.


6th, 7th, and 8th grades are taught jointly by the faculty of TASA.


JUDAIC & HEBREW STUDIES

Rabbi Levi Grossbaum
1st-4th Grade Judaics

Rabbi Grossbaum is a native of Stony Brook, Long Island where he grew up attending the local community Jewish day school and in a rabbinical home. He studied at the Tomchei Temimim Rabbinical Academy in Brunoy, France and at the Oholei Torah Academy in Brooklyn New York and spent a year abroad as a student rabbi in the Jewish community of Caracas, Venezuela.

Rabbi Grossbaum received his rabbinical ordination and B.A. Of Religious Studies from the Rabbinical College of America. He has been teaching Judaic Studies in Hebrew Schools and summer programs for many years and has taught as a full-time teacher for the last three years in ULY Yeshivah – Ocean Parkway and in the Gan Yisroel Day School in Brooklyn, NY.

Rabbi Grossbaum’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and passion for education as well as his experience working in communal positions are sure to make him a wonderful addition to the TASA team. Rabbi Grossbaum and his wife Naomi are the proud parents of six children.


Mrs. Sarah Endzweig
Kindergarten Judaic Studies

Mrs. Endzweig (Mrs. E) graduated from Touro College in Brooklyn, New York, with a degree in Psychology with a focus on Special Education. Her experience teaching 4th grade at Hebrew Academy of Margate gave her a lot of insight into teaching children with different types of learning styles. She was very involved in spelling bees and coached children who competed in regional spelling competitions. She is always looking for fun educational contests for kids to enter to challenge themselves.


Moreh Ephraim Barker 
Middle School Ivrit

Moreh Ephraim Barker is an Alumni of Yeshivat Machon Meir in Jerusalem, Israel where he spent time studying Judaism and the Hebrew language as well as attending Ulpan. As a resident of San Antonio for many years, he has taught numerous Judaic Studies and Hebrew classes for local synagogues and served as a lead instructor for the Jewish Federation’s Chai High program for teens. He has also tutored many private students in both Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

Moreh Ephraim infuses his classes with much passion, energy and a love of the Hebrew language and Eretz Yisrael.


Rabbi Moshe Rosenwasser
Middle School Judaic Studies

Rabbi Moshe Rosenwasser studied at the Mirr Yeshivah in Jeruslaem, Israel and received his Semicha-Rabbinical Ordination from The Jerusalem Kollel and the Ner Le’elef Kiruv and Rabbinic Training Institute, in Jerusalem, Israel.

Rabbi Rosenwasser has served as a Youth Rabbi and Kiruv Professional for many summer camps, synagogue youth programs and has taught a wide variety of classes, workshops and education programs in this capacity.

Rabbi Rosenwasser recently moved to San Antonio, where he is employed as the Youth Rabbi of Congregation Rodfei Sholom.


Mrs. Naomi Grossbaum
K-4 Grade Ivrit


ELECTIVES

Mrs. Henderson graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Art from UTSA. Art and working with children have been her dual passions in life. She’s taught Art to children on a variety of levels and is the founder of “Art With My Babysitter”.

Her art has been displayed in galleries in San Antonio and New Orleans. As a teacher she believes that it is important for students to learn new techniques and enjoy the process of making art. She loves to see students’ progression and believes that Art is one of our best outlets for self expression.

Originally from Louisiana she’s lived in San Antonio for 7 years. She loves creating new art, engaging in outdoor sports, and spending time with her husband, friends, and  family. In addition to teaching Art, Mrs Henderson runs TASA’s after school Art clubs, as well as serving as a creative resource for the rest of the faculty.

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